Aaaah… sleep! Such a popular and much talked about topic. Lack of sleep can be harmful to any individual’s health and well-being, while adequate sleep assists in the retention of stamina and provision of energy that fuels you to function all day long. With an increase in everyday stress levels, hypertension, and the overall pace of life, individuals are resorting to all sorts of things to help improve sleep.
If you’ve been introduced to essential oils already, you might now like to try using their therapeutic properties to improve your sleeping. Below you’ll find my signature collection of essential oil blends for sleep. I’ve tried and tested each and every blend in this set, and love them all for different reasons.
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Essential oil diffuser blends work in diffusers of any size, you will just have to adjust how many drops of oil you put into your water tank if you have a larger diffuser with a bigger reservoir. The diffuser blends I mix are made for 150-200 ml sized diffusers. You’ll find a chart below that helps you figure out how many drops to put into your diffuser. Most diffusers also come with a water cup that lets you accurately fill the desired amount of water into your unit.
How To Use Essential Oils For Sleep
Most commonly, essential oils are used in an essential diffuser together with water. Aromatherapy works quite well over our olfactory system (=sense of smell) as many emotions can be triggered by certain cents alone. While there are other ways to use essential oils, diffuser blending is a fun art and hobby on its own that many essential oil enthusiasts enjoy.
To get started, you’ll need:
- An essential oil diffuser. You can find the top rated models that sell for under $40 here. The diffuser blends on this page are for a diffuser with a 150-200 mL sized water tank. If you own a smaller diffuser unit (100 mL is also a popular size), adjust the drops of oils used accordingly.
- Essential oils. If you already own a set of essential oils that work with my recipes below, great! If you’re shopping for oils, have a look at the Top 10 best essential oil brands, and select a company you like to buy your oils from. If you want a really easy way to get started, build your own set of 6 essential oils at Edens Garden, and you’ll be able to make all of my recipes when your kit comes in the mail!
If you’re just needing to add an oil or two to your collection to be able to make these diffuser recipes for sleep, here are a few of my favorites that you can easily add to your next order from Amazon:
How Many Drops of Oil Should You Use in Your Diffuser?
Before you start, always check the safety precautions of each oil you plan to use in your diffuser blend. Some oils are best avoided when pregnant, nursing, or around children, babies or pets. Even though essential oils diluted through the air only equates to a very small amount of oil in our system, you still want to know.
If you’re wondering how many drops of oil make a safely diluted diffuser blend, the guidelines are as follows:
|Amount of water||Drops of essential oils to use|
|100 ml||3-5 drops|
|150 ml||4-7 drops|
|200 ml||6-10 drops|
|300 ml||9-12 drops|
|400 ml||12-15 drops|
|500 ml||15-20 drops|
When you start your diffuser blend, please start conservatively. A small amount of essential oil can produce a significant aroma. Be careful to not overload the diffuser blend right when you start pouring your first drops into it. Sometimes, the essential oil bottle droppers release the oils quite quickly. Start with a low pouring angle so the oil drops don’t come out too quickly for you, and you can accurately stop the flow after 1-2 drops.
You May Have Used Too Much Oil If…
If you’re starting to feel unwell while diffusing essential oils in your home, it’s possible that you’ve put too much oil in your diffuser. The following signs indicate that you may have put too much oil:
- Feeling nauseous
- Feeling dizzy, lightheaded or vertigo
- Headaches or migraines
Stop your diffuser immediately and get some fresh air flowing through your room. If symptoms persist, check in with a health care provider.
Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Better Sleep
The following night time essential oil diffuser blends are calculated for a 150-200 ml size diffuser.
I hope you have added an essential oil diffuser to your bedroom and are experimenting with diffuser blends for better sleep. While it may not be a solution that works as quickly as a sleeping pill, it is definitely a more natural alternative that can holistically improve your overall well-being, and not just knock you out for a night of ZZZs.
Do you have favorite diffuser blends for sleep? Which oils work for you, and which don’t? Let us know in the comments below!